Providence College has placed 17 students on "interim suspension" for violations of the school's Covid-19 policies, college spokesman Steven Maurano told CNN Saturday. Maurano said he did not know the specifics of what the students did to merit the discipline.
"'Interim suspension' means that these students are not allowed on campus until their disciplinary hearing," Maurano said, adding that most hearings take place within 72 hours. "During their suspension, they cannot attend classes in person or participate in any campus activities."
Classes at the college in Providence, Rhode Island, are scheduled to begin Monday.
Violations of the school's pandemic measures "will not be tolerated," the Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, the college's president, said in an open letter to the college community on Friday.
I am deeply disappointed by the selfish behavior of these students who defiantly chose to ignore our Covid-19 Code of Conduct," Sicard wrote. "This disregard for clearly defined protocols jeopardized the health and safety of others in our campus community."
"While I find no joy in having to endorse such strong sanctions, I know they are necessary if we are going to have a successful fall semester," he wrote.